Original Folkways Recordings: 1960-1962

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All Music Guide - Burgin Mathews
This important release documents the rediscovery of banjoist and comedian Clarence Tom Ashley in the early '60s, and the simultaneous introduction of a young and then-unknown guitar picker, the astounding Doc Watson. Ashley was one of the many musicians of the '20s and '30s whose early work appeared briefly on Harry Smith's 1952 Anthology of American Folk Music, the legendary collection that provided inspiration for much of the subsequent folk revival; as well as fueling up-and-coming urban "folk-singers" with a wealth of material, Smith's anthology ultimately led to the rediscovery and re-recording of such musicians as Dock Boggs, Mississippi John Hurt, and Ashley, who ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Burgin Mathews
This important release documents the rediscovery of banjoist and comedian Clarence Tom Ashley in the early '60s, and the simultaneous introduction of a young and then-unknown guitar picker, the astounding Doc Watson. Ashley was one of the many musicians of the '20s and '30s whose early work appeared briefly on Harry Smith's 1952 Anthology of American Folk Music, the legendary collection that provided inspiration for much of the subsequent folk revival; as well as fueling up-and-coming urban "folk-singers" with a wealth of material, Smith's anthology ultimately led to the rediscovery and re-recording of such musicians as Dock Boggs, Mississippi John Hurt, and Ashley, who himself initiated the discovery of his neighbor, Doc Watson. At the time of the earliest recordings in this two-disc set, Ashley was some 20 years out of practice, while Watson's only outlet for performance was as an electric guitar player in a nearby rockabilly band; Watson did not own an acoustic guitar, nor Ashley a banjo. Over the course of these initial field recordings and later concert performances, however, Watson and Ashley demonstrate remarkable familiarity with local traditions, repertoire, and styles, showcasing and continually sharpening their profound skills and aesthetic senses. They are joined on various performances by a handful of fine local musicians, including Clint Howard, Fred Price, and Gaither Carlton. For much of the '60s, this loose ensemble toured colleges and festivals, also producing material for the Folkways LPs Old Time Music at Clarence Ashley's, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. This 1994 reissue includes material from those albums along with 20 additional selections from the period and excellent notes by folklorist Ralph Rinzler. Included are the very first commercially released recordings by Doc Watson, who emerges here as a formidable soloist; also featuring some of the last recordings by veteran Clarence Ashley, the set is required listening for Watson fans and for enthusiasts of old-time music, its entertainment value as strong as its historical significance. The surprising offspring of the urban revival's intersection with a traditional musical community, Watson and Ashley's Original Folkways Recordings reveals a bottomless well of tradition and a music as fresh and exciting today as it was to the college kids and festival followers of the early '60s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/1994
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074002926
  • Catalog Number: 40029
  • Sales rank: 95,973

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Crawdad Song - Clarence Ashley (3:33)
  2. 2 Sitting on Top of the World - Clarence Ashley (3:05)
  3. 3 Lee Highway Blues - Clarence Ashley (1:41)
  4. 4 Free Little Bird - Clarence Ashley (2:06)
  5. 5 The Cuckoo - Clarence Ashley (2:33)
  6. 6 Rising Sun Blues - Clarence Ashley (2:56)
  7. 7 Looking T'ward Heaven - Clarence Ashley (2:27)
  8. 8 Rambling Hobo - Clarence Ashley (1:27)
  9. 9 Rambling Hobo - Clarence Ashley (1:36)
  10. 10 Shady Grove - Clarence Ashley (1:28)
  11. 11 Cumberland Gap - Clarence Ashley (2:18)
  12. 12 Tough Luck - Clarence Ashley (2:26)
  13. 13 Humpbacked Mule - Clarence Ashley (1:26)
  14. 14 My Home's Across The Blue Ridge Mountains - Clarence Ashley (2:47)
  15. 15 Way Downtown - Clarence Ashley (2:29)
  16. 16 Banks Of The Ohio - Clarence Ashley (4:11)
  17. 17 Little Sadie - Clarence Ashley (2:19)
  18. 18 Carroll County Blues - Clarence Ashley (1:39)
  19. 19 Cluck Old Hen - Clarence Ashley (1:45)
  20. 20 Chilly Winds (Lonesome Road Blues) - Clarence Ashley (2:37)
  21. 21 Sweet Heaven When I Die - Clarence Ashley (2:37)
  22. 22 Fire On The Mountain - Clarence Ashley (1:22)
  23. 23 Will The Circle Be Unbroken - Clarence Ashley (3:20)
  24. 24 Daniel Prayed - Clarence Ashley (2:54)
  25. 25 Amazing Grace - Clarence Ashley (3:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Sally Ann - Clarence Ashley (2:31)
  2. 2 Richmond Blues - Clarence Ashley (1:33)
  3. 3 Old Ruben - Clarence Ashley (2:00)
  4. 4 Willie Moore - Clarence Ashley (3:31)
  5. 5 Walking Boss - Clarence Ashley (1:49)
  6. 6 Shout Lulu - Clarence Ashley (1:23)
  7. 7 Skillet Good and Greasy - Clarence Ashley (2:05)
  8. 8 Pretty Little Pink - Clarence Ashley (2:26)
  9. 9 Run, Jimmie, Run - Clarence Ashley (3:05)
  10. 10 Hicks' Farewell - Clarence Ashley (5:22)
  11. 11 The Old Man At The Mill - Clarence Ashley (1:54)
  12. 12 A Short Life Of Trouble - Clarence Ashley (3:18)
  13. 13 Brown's Dream - Clarence Ashley (1:41)
  14. 14 Footprints In The Snow - Clarence Ashley (2:42)
  15. 15 I'm Going Back to Jericho - Clarence Ashley (1:51)
  16. 16 Peg and Awl - Clarence Ashley (2:11)
  17. 17 Maggie Walker Blues - Clarence Ashley (2:53)
  18. 18 God's Gonna Ease My Troublin' Mind - Clarence Ashley (3:03)
  19. 19 I Saw A Man At The Close Of Day - Clarence Ashley (2:37)
  20. 20 Handsome Molly - Clarence Ashley (2:13)
  21. 21 John Henry - Clarence Ashley (3:42)
  22. 22 Honey Babe Blues - Clarence Ashley (3:43)
  23. 23 Wayfaring Pilgrim - Clarence Ashley (5:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Doc Watson Primary Artist, Banjo, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Jean Ritchie Vocal Harmony
Jack Johnson Banjo
Clint Howard Guitar, Vocals
Gaither Carlton Banjo, Fiddle, Track Performer
Ralph Rinzler Guitar, Track Performer
Arnold Watson Harmonica, Tenor (Vocal), Track Performer
Fred Price Fiddle, Track Performer
Garley Foster Guitar, Harmonica, Vocal Harmony
Doc Walsh Banjo, Vocal Harmony
Tommy Moore Washboard
Clarence Ashley Banjo, Vocals, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Doc Watson Arranger, Composer
Clint Howard Arranger
Walter Vinson Composer
Gaither Carlton Arranger
Lonnie Chatmon Composer
George McCorkle Composer
John Newton Composer
Ralph Rinzler Engineer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Alan Yoshida Mastering
Fred Price Arranger
Garley Foster Sound Effects
G.B. Grayson Composer
Henry Whitter Composer
M. Christian Composer
Clarence Ashley Arranger
Public Domain Composer
Traditional Composer
Eugene Earle Engineer
Arvel Watson Composer
Miller Composer
Rupert Jones Composer
Luther G. Presley Composer
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